Sunday, February 16, 2014

Family...

We spent the day hanging out in Nampa with my family to celebrate my mom's 70th birthday. We went to Golden Corral for lunch and then spent the afternoon playing games (Dave and Spencer left after lunch and Rob spent the whole weekend as a vendor at the gun show).

Lunch:








Back at the house we played Catch Phrase which was hilarious!






One of the words my dad had to describe was "selfie". He grabbed Gloria's phone and took a mock selfie. He doesn't know how to use her phone so when the round was over, we showed him how to take a REAL selfie:



All in all it was a lovely weekend. The weather is getting nicer, I had a really nice lunch with my friend, Joyce, at Kona Grill in The Village and Rob had his hands full working at the gun show. 


The only thing that would have improved this weekend is having Zach at home! Although Zach and I did have a nice, long texting conversation while I relaxed and watched the Olympics so that definitely added to my contentment for sure!

Valentine's Day...

No mushy, lovey post here, just pics of the two events we ran sound for:

The Chancellors at The Red Lion Downtowner:


And Smooth Avenue in The Sapphire Room:

This just in...

Sometimes the only way I find out what Zach is up to is when he's tagged in a photo on Facebook. Just now as I was scrolling through, this pic popped up. I have no idea what's going on here but my boy is in it so that makes me happy :)

Creativity

Gloria has a creative gene that certainly didn't come from me. Of course she comes from a long line of creative, artistic people, most notably her dad, but she has a definite uniqueness to her art that's completely her own. She spent a couple of hours yesterday creating this Masterpiece on canvas:

The figure in the picture is Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Obviously. 



She also made a video of herself singing and playing the guitar that I love but can't seem to upload to the blog so I'll save that for another day!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Snow Days....

I'm not exactly sure how I feel about the weather these days. I dislike the cold but I'm not ready for winter to end and shove me mercilessly into a summer I'm dreading. So let it snow, let it snow, let it snow....

Plus I can be in denial while sitting on the couch watching the Olympics with this sweet thang...


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

February 2009...

I found myself looking at my blog posts from 5 years ago! So strange and cool to have this record of my life. I just had to repost this sweet picture of the girls that jumped out at me and made me smile:

Not Blah...

Just thought I should make note of the fact that I had a good day. Nothing specific happened but I felt the funk lift a little so that's something. I've been walking on the treadmill every evening for a couple of weeks and cutting out soda and extra stuff that I don't need so that's made a difference, I'm sure. I've also been journaling every morning and evening and in between when I start to over think things so I can put it back into perspective. Writing always helps me. I think just having the blog again has helped lighten my mood, too. Everyday I end my journal entry with, "Tomorrow is a new day." And it's true. 




Monday, January 27, 2014

Feel-Good Music

Music speaks to me.  It always has.  And I listen to all kinds of music and genres, covers and originals.  It all depends on my mood.  Most of the bands we work with are pretty good but I generally like them more for the people that are in them than the actual music that they play.  I rarely just sit and listen to a band when we are working with them unless something really catches my ear.  Or my heart. 

All that to say, we worked with a band out of Austin, Texas this weekend that was incredible.  I knew I was going to like them from watching their YouTube videos and looked forward to it all weekend.  The band is T-Bird and the Breaks:


Not only were they incredibly talented but they were nice, too.  Nice is important.

Sam is the lead singer and he was great!!

I don't remember her name but she was very sweet.  I couldn't help but watch her sing and feel the good vibes that came with every doo-wop she uttered.  It was feel-good music and I was in need of some feel-good music for sure!!
 
Here's a video sample of their music.  And, yes, they really are this good!!


I actually stood and listened to this band pretty much the entire time they played.  Good stuff!!

(Picture credit goes to Jamie Woodbury who had the time and energy to take some great photos!)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

McCall...

Thursday, January 23

Although I complain sometimes about the business, there are some things about it that are really good. This is our 4th year working the McCall Winter Carnival and they always take very good care of us. Housing is a very important part of our McCall events and they always provide something nice. I look forward to seeing what they have for us and I have fun checking out what the cupboards hold. For some reason it's more fun to cook in a kitchen that's not my own. They are vacation homes so they are usually fully stocked with everything we need. This is the front room. We'll need to pick up some wood for the stove!


I get excited about things like tea pots....

...and sturdy earthenware dishes....

The best part, however, is hiring Jamie to be my assistant for the weekend. She's great to have along for so many reasons but right at this moment she is listening to all of Rob's words about mixing sound. So I don't have to. And she is interested because she's a sound person, too. But I'm her favorite so we all get along great!

I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Knock on wood...

Sunday, January 26

I didn't have internet all weekend so I'm posting this on Sunday back at home. 

There were good things and bad things and knocking on wood didn't help because it was not relaxing. But it's over and from the outside looking in, everything went swimmingly. Just swimmingly. But I am tired of people telling me that if I would just try harder, in effect, suck it up even more than I already do, then things would be so much better. I cannot write my response to that. 

One more weekend and Winter Carnival is over. Wheee. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Be Kind but Be Honest

The title of this post is a statement I read not too long ago on one of those motivational posts on Facebook. I actually glean bits of wisdom from those on occasion and this statement has been nagging at me. Can you be both kind AND honest? The question, "does my butt look big in these jeans?" comes to mind. You probably can't always be both kind and honest when answering that question. 

In our line of work, I find Rob to be critical at times when it comes to musicians. If they ask him how they sound, he's usually pretty honest. Sometimes brutally honest.  And not always what I would consider kind. But sometimes they really benefit from his "constructive criticism" so who am I to say that he shouldn't tell them the truth. I am much more likely to say, "it sounded great!" even when I don't mean it. Is that really helpful? It makes them feel good, for sure, but do they benefit from it?

I like to think that I'm honest in my relationships but I tend to shy away from the hard stuff when it comes to conflict. I'm better at just getting over it than I am at being honest about something that might have hurt me in some way. Although I do appreciate when someone lets me know that I hurt them so I can make amends. I think maybe my way causes more problems in the long run than the straight forward honesty when it's needed. 

I've been putting this into practice lately with an important relationship in my life. Sometimes my new found honesty causes pain and grief and I can't help but think it wouldn't have been so painful if I could have said how I felt from the get go instead of "being careful". 

I guess just like most things, this statement has gray areas. I choose to be kind but I need to practice honestly stating how I feel. Maybe that's a better way to put it ...

These Kids...

Just looking through my photos and finding my happy....

Taken at BFC December 29, 2013

Monday, January 20, 2014

Stuff and Things

I've changed. I'm not the same person I was 25 years ago. Or 15 years ago. Or even 5 years ago. In fact I'm different today than I was less than a year ago. 

 Things have shifted for me as I'm sure they do for everyone as they get older. This mid-life thing is very interesting. I have said out loud to several people that it seems incredibly unfair that our 20 year old self gets to make life changing decisions for our 40 year old self. You just don't have enough information at 20 or 22 to know who you are or who you want to be or what you want to do with your life. 

At least I didn't. Maybe other people figured it out and set goals and reached for them. I just sort of did stuff. And then I did some other stuff. And then there were some things that I did and some stuff that happened...

And so I found myself a couple of years ago looking around and saying, "what the hell?" 

And I've been working through that. And now I'm 47 and I still haven't figured out what I want but I'm coming to terms with things. I would not trade my kids in for anything. I can honestly say that something was very right in my life for these two amazing beings to come from it. And I would do all of it all over again so that they could be right where they are today. So that tells me that my life isn't as screwed up as it sometimes appears to be. 

And, obviously, I don't care as much about what other people think. 

And now I'm in the process of letting go of all of the stuff and things that I "should" have done and working on setting those goals and reaching for those things that I want. Except that I don't know what those things are yet. 

But I'm working on it...

And motivational posters seem to be the key ... ? ....



Saturday, January 18, 2014

Two Things

Two unrelated but memorable things happened today that have to do with my kids. 

First of all, Zach texted me this morning to tell me about his newfound shopping, budgeting and breakfast cooking skills which may seem like a minor thing, but I found it interesting for several reasons.  First of all, it makes me happy when he shares his daily happenings with me. He's busy and I don't get to hear much so when I get a text from him, I pay attention. The second thing is that I appreciate the effort he is going to to save money by shopping and cooking and the responsibility that goes along with that. And thirdly, for around $3 he made ham, biscuits and gravy and pancakes. My baby's growing up....

The second thing that happened today concerns Gloria. Today is Megan's birthday. She is having a big party with about 30 kids at the Adams' house. Most of the kids are from her school and Gloria was one of the few who wouldn't know many people. There was a time communication problem concerning what time the party started so I ended up taking her to the Adams' house an hour late, 5:30 instead of 4:30. Kristin said all the kids were a couple of blocks away playing basketball while waiting for the pizza so I could just drop her off there instead.  She was embarrassed, I think, at being late and it felt kind of strange to just leave her on the corner with a bunch of strange kids but she got out and I drove away. 

A few hours later, 8:30 pm, to be exact, I got a phone call. The man on the other end had an official sounding voice and asked to speak to the parents of Gloria Baker. For some reason my heart started pounding and I was quickly running scenarios through my head: car accident, jail, disappearance...

I said I was her mother and he identified himself in a low, serious voice along with the reason for his call. Turns out Gloria's name is next on the wait list for drivers ed. 

Who calls at 8:30 on a Saturday evening to give you that kind of news?? And why did my mind immediately think she might be in jail?

So... Yeah. 


Friday, January 17, 2014

Stressful

I'm really getting too old for this business. It stresses me out. I worry about things I have no control over. Too many things can go wrong and when they do (which is very rare), all eyes are on you wondering what the heck is wrong. In the 10 + years we've been doing this we've only had one show that almost went in the toilet due to equipment failure but that was enough to keep me on edge. We've had minor technical difficulties that haven't affected the show but I wait on pins and needles for the moment that something might go wrong. 

Today was one of those days. It was a pretty big EDM show and a launch party of a huge 4 day show. We've had one bad encounter with the promoter of the show and that was enough to make me nervous about this one. There really isn't anything to be worried about. We've done bigger shows with bigger artists and I didn't even have to load in or work this show at all. My worry is really quite ridiculous. 

Kurt sent me this picture from the sold out show shortly after the 8 pm start time. Pretty cool...

And sent this one at 10:30....looks crazy...


Rob and I will help load out at midnight and we'll find out then just how much fun it really was...

Update:
I ended up going home instead of helping with the load out because I'm old and tired and get that option I guess. So I don't know how it went except for the updates I've seen on Facebook. According to everything I've read, the event was wildly successful. The reason I dont like getting sucked into Facebook is that one person wrote veiled, cryptic remarks about how difficult things were behind the scenes (for all I know it was probably something completely unrelated to us) and I've fretted about it off and on all day. I know that one of my "issues" is worrying about what people say about our business. And although I would estimate that more than 9 out of 10 people who have worked with us would say very positive things, I get caught up in that very small percentage who have a different opinion. Why can't I focus on the good things people say (or ignore opinions altogether!) instead of fretting over what one person MIGHT be saying. So, this is me, not giving a rats behind and acknowledging that the show was incredibly successful. And, seriously, why do I even care??


I borrowed this from a FB post and know with certainty that we did a great job!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

In Retrospect. . .

In my spare time (HA!) I've been looking back through the pictures I took last year and am plugging them in to the big blank spaces of my blog.  This blog really has always been just for me.  It's fun to know that others have read it from time to time and have sometimes gotten something from it but, really and truly, it's so that I can remember my life.  And it's worked pretty well.  The last two years have been sparse but since I take so many pictures, it's just a matter of writing in retrospect.  Sometimes I'll post a link here if I take a trip down memory lane but, more often than not, I'm just plugging in pictures so I can look back and remember. 

This is my fun post for today:

Pleasure Trip to McCall

(click the link above!)





Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cousins


Right before Christmas my sister decided we should get the cousins together for a photo shoot so we could give our parents a lovely 8 x 10 for Christmas. We managed to find an afternoon that worked for all of us and went to the new Village in a Meridian. It was fun walking around and making them pose for pictures. They were really good sports about it, too. And I love the color tones they are wearing that didn't take any planning on our part at all. This one is my favorite:



After all of our hard work, I uploaded all of the pictures to the Walmart website on the evening of the 23rd of December and went to pick them up on the afternoon of the 24th. Apparently we weren't the only people who had put off picture taking! There were dozens of people in line and when I finally got up to the counter an hour and a half later, I was told that my pictures would be ready on Thursday or Friday. Christmas was Wednesday. I was able to get home by 2:00 and quickly upload them to the Walgreens website and was told that they would easily be done in an hour. An hour later I was told it would be a little longer because they had to replace the photo paper. I decided to go to the nearby Walmart to do a teensy bit more shopping. Another hour went by and the paper issue had not been resolved. 

I'm a pretty patient person and it was Christmas Eve after all, so I smiled and waited. We had to be at my  parents house at 5:30 with all of our gifts and I finally paid for the photos at 5:00 and ran home to pick up the kids. I quickly pulled the photos out of the envelope only to discover this:
Half of Spencer was missing. Dang. So I threw in the towel and decided to get them redone after Christmas. It's the 15th of January and it's still not done!!  

Good memories for sure...

Here are the rest of the photos:







Tuesday, January 14, 2014